The 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is an absolute beast, dominating any task thrown at it. It’s undeniably fast, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want something better. To appease the spec lovers, Qualcomm has announced their newest mobile processor: The Snapdragon 805.
This new chip will run at an even higher 2.5 GHz and includes a new GPU, the Adreno 420. Qualcomm claims the GPU has up to 40% more graphics horsepower than the previous models, meaning it has some serious oomph. So much so, in fact, that it’s capable of outputting 4K video to an external display. This finally makes 4K video recording a bit more useful, though 4K displays are still quite uncommon.
The chip also includes a choice of new modems. The 28nm Gobi MDM9x25 supports 150Mbps LTE 4, while the 20nm Gobi MDM9x35 supports 300Mbps LTE Advanced. Both chips support all carrier aggregation band combinations. The chip is able to communicate with the memory at 25.6 gigabytes per second. And Qualcomm also included the ability to use the gyroscope for camera stabilization. All this in a package that uses less power.
It sounds fantastic overall, just like any new and better processor should. Don’t expect to see it very soon, though. Manufacturer sampling starts next year and finished devices are even further off. For now, the Snapdragon 800 will do just fine.